SUTHERLIN TAKES NATIONAL HARE & HOUND
With the long break from Round 1 everyone was very excited to get back to racing. This weekend marked the Northern most round with Dirt Inc. hosting the 41st Annual Rabbit Creek 100 in Murphy, ID. With warmer temps and a later race date the club was able to stage the event in a brand new location. “I’ve been wanting to host here for a long time and I’m glad it all worked out that we could get in here. If it even sprinkles the road is almost un-passable, but I’ve been waiting to camp here for a long time.” said event Master Mind Bill Walsh who has been in charge of the event for close to 20 years.
The start would see 200 riders hauling across a complete virgin hillside littered with rocks and sage brush straight towards the pinch point through a 20ft opening in the property fence and it would be Factory Husqvarna’s Jacob Argubright with the lead. Right on his tail would be PRO 250 racer Joe Wasson aboard his Chidester Transport YZ250 who had taken the overall win in the last 3 local races in SIDRA and USRA. Round 1 winner JCR Honda’s Ricky Brabec would be plagued with another terrible start in Idaho. “I don’t know what it is about this place but I never get good starts!”
After leading the first 70 mile loop complete with a remote gas pit Argubright would come through the main pit with almost a minute and a half lead on freshly healed Bonanza Plumbing backed KTM/FMF racer Gary Sutherlin. Wasson had shuffled back to 6th to battle with KTM/FMF’s Ivan Ramirez. Just as he did last season Brabec would work his way up to 3rd by the end of the loop with Fasst Co. / Fly Racing’s Skyler Howes aboard his new YZ 450 fx.
Argubright would continue to lead on the much more technical final 30 miles until the very last water crossing where he would completely submerge his bike trying to rail across it! “The water came up over my handle bars and the bike started bogging and I knew it wasn’t good.” He would end up completely flooding his bike and all but ending his race right at the crossing. This would hand the lead and the win over the Sutherlin with less than 5 miles to the checkered flag. “I just got lucky this time. I was bummed to see Jake on the side lines but I need every point I can get after missing the first round.” Sutherlin said at the finish. Brabec would cross just over 90 seconds later holding onto the points lead followed by an elated Howes. Wasson would win the battle with Ramirez taking both 4th overall and the PRO 250 win which would tie him up in class points with 3 Bros KTM backed Nick Stover. Ramirez would wrap up the top 5. Argubright would fix his bike in time to finish 20th overall taking 1 point on the day.